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BMW M3 GTS goes to the race track

BMW M3 | November 7th, 2009 by 21

Our friends over at BMW.tv are back with two new videos of the spectacular BMW M3 GTS. As always, you’re among the first to enjoy …

Our friends over at BMW.tv are back with two new videos of the spectacular BMW M3 GTS. As always, you’re among the first to enjoy this footage and believe us, it is absolutely worth it.

For those of you that missed our previous coverage on the BMW M3 GTS, here is the summary. M3 GTS is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 based on the 4.0-liter engine found in the standard M3. Maximum power is 450 horsepower, 36 ponies more than than the regular model, and the transmission is the 7-speed M dual clutch transmission (M-DCT) with adapted shift characteristics.

Suspension upgrades include the utilisation of yellow springs for a threaded suspension while the rear axle support is said to be bolted in place. The big rear wing and front splitter are both adjustable for increased cornering precision, handling and performance. BMW M3 GTS is all about weight reduction and features several design elements made out of carbon fiber, starting with the roof. M3 GTS weights 1490 kg (3285 lbs), 419 lbs less than the stock M3 coupe’s 3704-lb curb weight.

The GTS sits on exclusive 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped by 255/35 front and 285/30 rear tires. First deliveries are scheduled to begin in Germany next May, carrying a sticker price of 115,000 euros (about $170k).


Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

[Source: m-power ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/TejasPOWER Nathan Fong

    Check out this bad ass M3… forget the ol’M3, this is one sick puppy that will fit nicely on any track!

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  • Andrew

    Epic car. Future classic

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355344571 Alexander Phillippe

    I’m not digging the ricer wing, no matter how functional it is.

    I like the rest of the car, though.

  • ferrarifan

    nice car. but at that price, ferrari f430 or california for me. =)

  • phillegal

    I don’t think any wing will look that great on the M3, but regardless it does what it was designed to do, provide downforce. I understand that many people, for the price, would consider a GT3, but BMW has made something special here so give them a break. I feel that too many people are dissing this car when it practically answers many convictions for a light weight, NA, BMW. Sure you can spend much less and strip and add bolt ons to a stock M3, but have fun trying to tune the suspension to the same levels as professional engineers testing on the ‘ring. Believe me I am a huge cynic, but I am willing to bet that the reviews in the coming months will melt away most of the disrespect that I have seen in forums. Let it settle for a bit, then come up with a logical rebuttal. M///

  • BmwM5Fan

    for me, a regular m3, but stroked would be fine, with all the luxuries inside

  • Max

    And why not the turbocharged 4,4 engine from X5/6 M??
    It could kill Gallardo. lol

  • aps337

    FerrariFan,

    I don’t doubt that for 170k USD the F430 is a better choice, unfortunately, the euro base price of an F430 is CONSIDERABLY higher than 115k euros. You can’t convert Euros to dollars than compare the price to that of US cars.

    -Adam

    • Elgee

      you’re right, here in europe the f430 was at €190K when it was still in production, and you had to add a lot of money for f1 trans, ceramic brakes…

  • Giom

    First off, I love this car!

    Second, this is what I always wished for in the M6. A stripped out, super tuned (by BMW) M6. But we can dream…

  • Brad

    What causes the front wheel to wobble in the first video from 2:34 to 2:40?

  • Elio

    It’s perfection this thing especially in that colour.

    It’s going to be rarer than a V10 R8 and it will cost more, but would I want one over an R8? It’s a toughie.

    I know they’re not strictly in direct competition but I just get the feeling this is a make-do until BMW eventually build the M1 Homage / Vision Efficient Dynamics.

  • wazon

    Ok, guys, we all know that in Europe cars are much more expensive and taking European prices M3 GTS is not so expensive when you take performance it offers into the consideration. Here you have comparisions:
    BMW M3 GTS 115.000euro
    Porsche 911 GT3 – 117.000euro
    Porsche 911 GT RS – 146.000euro
    Ferrari F430 Scuderia – 206.000euro
    Audi R8 V10 – 143.000euro
    which shows that it belongs to cheaper cars with such a performance. Of course, not so cheap as Nissan GT-R (85.000 euro) and if price was really decidive, taking GT-R would be the most reasonable thing.

    But do you still think that BMW priced their car too high and that you would choose f430 scuderia or R8 V10 over m3 gts? Same (f430) or worse (R8) performance for higher price. If BMW decided to sell their car in US, it would have a GT3 price. Is it such bad price?

    • ferrarifan

      “But do you still think that BMW priced their car too high and that you would choose f430 scuderia or R8 V10 over m3 gts? Same (f430) or worse (R8) performance for higher price.”

      510hp > 450hp
      525hp > 450hp

      Clearly NOT the same performance. Yes it’s cheaper than the Ferrari, but it’s only a BMW..
      Ferrari > BMW

      About the R8 V10
      Gallardo LP560 engine > M3 4.5 engine

      “If BMW decided to sell their car in US, it would have a GT3 price. Is it such bad price?”
      A: Porsche > BMW

      Yes the M3 GTS is a good saloon based sports car. If they price it right, why not.

      • wazon

        When I said performance, I refer to track performance for which this GTS is made and it turns out that it cleraly has the same performance as F430 for the half of its price! Cars such as GTS are not for producing as many horsepowers as possible, they are all about track performance. If 100.000 euro means nothing to you, that ok, buy F430.

        About R8
        Do you really assess Gallardo’s engine higher than M3’s? The last one took a lot of awards, whereas the first one not so much. Isn’t Gallardo’s engine the same one as applied in RS6 C6? BTW, it’s really weak argument for prefering R8 since Gallardo’s engine is actually engine made by Audi’s enginers, don’t you think?

        About GT3
        The proper rival for GTS is GT3 RS which cost around 31.000 euro more than GTS. If you take GT3, you will choose car with different characteristics and with worse track performance. If you don’t care about track performance at all, GTS is not adressed to you, neighter F430 Scuderia, nor GT3 RS.

        • ferrarifan

          i bet the gts would be a really good car on and off the track. But, do you really think that saloon would outperform all the supercars you are mentioning (430 Scuderia, GT3 (2010), R8 V10) on a race track? Hell, that thing doesnt even come with carbon ceramic brakes.

          About the engine, didnt you see how the LP560-4, and the audi engine you are saying kicked the butt of GT-R (and 430 Scuderia) in many youtube videos (drag and track)?

          if you are saying that the 4.4 v8 is all that awesome, why does the 4.3 liter 430 produce as much as 510hp? and the 5.2 liter engine, (produced by Audi, as you said) produce 560 hp in the Gallardo? while the track tuned bmw 4.4 can only get 450..

          Im not saying its a bad car.. I think its hot (M3 GTS).. But just reacting to your bold and biased statements – (e.g. since Gallardo’s engine is actually engine made by Audi’s enginers, don’t you think?).

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355344571 Alexander Phillippe

    It’s funny to see all the bench mark racers going on about their peak horsepower. Lets see how it performs on the track against other similar cars, and then bash it when it doesn’t beat some half a million dollar super car.

    But while were bench mark racing, let’s throw in the Z06.

    • aaa

      you want price wars
      beat the GT-R first.. at half the price… then the V-spec.

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